Last Night at the Baileys Book Bar: Thinking Pink

Last night the Women’s Prize for Fiction at the Baileys Book Bar at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road played host to a fantastic live event, hosted by bestselling author and Women’s Prize for Fiction’s Founder Director Kate Mosse, the panel included 2019 Women’s Prize judge, journalist and author of the bestselling Everything I Know About Love, Dolly Alderton, campaigner and author of Feminists Don’t Wear Pink Scarlett Curtis and UK Content Manager at Acast and executive producer of podcasts including Mostly Lit, Clarissa Pabi, to chat about what the F-word means to millennials today and to share some of the feminist books that have inspired them.

Dolly Alderton kicked off the feminist discussion with a rousing speech about how important it is for those of us in privileged positions to give space to other women:

‘We need to make space and give active power to women who have been overlooked… It’s the responsibility of women who hold power to consider how they can share that platform and that space with others. There is space for all of us and we need to resist this patriarchal notion that there isn’t, because that’s what makes us turn against each other… It’s our duty to think about where we can carve out a space for people who are being overlooked’

Then Scarlett Curtis talked about how she ditched her self-help book addiction in favour of feminist fiction by women writers such as Virginia Woolf:

‘For me, feminism was my self-help. I found out my fight didn’t have to just be me.’

Clarissa Pabi then spoke about how she brings her feminism into her work within the publishing and podcast industries:

‘Feminism for me is a means of redefining what it means to be a woman… My feminism is about working to champion and support women and working to dismantle and challenge those systems’

Discussions then moved onto why feminist movements can sometimes become derailed, with Dolly asserting ‘You have to keep your ego out of the room’ when discussing other people’s lived experience, and Scarlett blamed people’s fear of making mistakes: ‘I see so much of patriarchal systems being perpetuated by people not wanting to mess up.’

 

Our panelists then moved onto their book choices, with Clarissa recommending Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo, Dolly picking The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy and Scarlett picking Three Guineas by Virgina Woolf.

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